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Winstead Participates in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Buffalo Courthouse

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Remarks by
 David Winstead
Commissioner, Public Buildings Service
U.S. General Services Administration
Buffalo Courthouse Groundbreaking
Buffalo, New York
October 9, 2007


Thank you very much.

Mayor Brown, distinguished guests, this is a very exciting day, one that continues to demonstrate GSA’s commitment to the great and vibrant city of Buffalo.

I know that Administrator Doan shares my hope that this project stimulates an explosion of new growth downtown. As Commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service, few things give me greater pleasure than seeing our work trigger benefits that extend well into the community. Buffalo, with its rich history of support for architecture, the arts and culture certainly deserves a world-class courthouse and the new business and residents it will attract to the city.

I’d like you to meet the fabulous GSA team that has helped us get this far:

  • our Project Manager is Arnold Feinsilber;
  • Frank Cashman is our Contracting Officer; Jaime Quinones is our Contracting Officer’s Representative;
  • David Monahan heads our Project Management Acquisition Branch and Alan Berman is the Project Management Branch Chief;
  • Kevin Bunker is Director of the Region's Project Management Division;
  • and John Scorcia is the Regional PBS Assistant Regional Administrator.

This project has been a long time coming and I thank the PBS team for getting us here today—to mark the official start of constructing what will be a magnificent courthouse.

Now it’s my pleasure to bring up our Administrator. Lurita Doan came to GSA from the private sector, where she built and ran her own company. As CEO, she was responsible for all aspects of her firm, including its real property challenges. She negotiated leases for office space, and made the more difficult decisions regarding when to move, where to expand, the risks involved, and how to get the best possible deal.

Those experiences have served her well at GSA. We are the civilian government’s primary federal real property and asset management agency, and the federal judiciary is among our most important clients.

Lurita’s been on the job about 16 months now, and anyone at GSA will tell you that it’s been a time of positive, transformational change.

We are a more creative, dynamic and customer-focused organization. I think you’ve already seen that demonstrated here in Buffalo. I think you’re going to see more of the same in the months ahead.

This is the person who’s most responsible: GSA Administrator Lurita Doan.